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Hamlin Cleared To Drive At Martinsville

| , RacinToday.com Wednesday, March 26 2014

Denny Hamlin will return to racing this weekend.. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Christa L Thomas)

Denny Hamlin will race in this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway after NASCAR received official confirmation from his doctors that he has been medically cleared to return to regular racing activities, his Joe Gibbs Racing team said in a press release Wednesday.

Hamlin missed last weekend’s race at Auto Club Speedway. Sam Hornish Jr. took Hamlin’s seat in the race.

Hamlin first visited the infield care center at Auto Club Saturday night reporting a problem with an irritation in his eye. He returned to the infield care center again on Sunday morning because his condition had worsened.

At that time that it was determined by the medical team onsite that he would not be allowed to race due to a sinus infection that was impacting his vision. The doctors at the infield care center referred him to the local hospital for further evaluation.

During the evaluation at the hospital a small piece of metal was also found to be in Hamlin’s eye. Doctors were able to remove the sliver of metal and Hamlin felt immediate improvement.

A CT Scan did not find any other complications and thus it is believed that the metal was actually the source of Hamlin’s vision issues. He was released from the hospital Sunday afternoon and was given the doctor’s approval to fly home.

Hamlin was then evaluated by a doctor in the Charlotte area on Monday and was sent home to rest. He was instructed to return Wednesday for a follow-up examination. Following today’s examination, his doctors provided the necessary approval for Hamlin to resume all racing activity without restriction. NASCAR has received official confirmation from his doctors clearing him to resume racing this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

Hamlin’s return is scheduled to coincide with a race at one of his best tracks.

Hamlin has been to victory lane three of the last nine times the Cup cars have visited the track in his home state of Virginia – in Oct. 2009, and both 2010 races.

The Chesterfield native has a total of four Cup wins at Martinsville after scoring his first win driving a Toyota Camry at the track in March 2008. Hamlin has also earned two poles at Martinsville – Oct. 2010 and Oct. 2013.

While Hamlin was forced to watch from the sidelines last spring due to a back injury suffered the week before at Auto Club Speedway, he returned for the fall race where he started from the pole and finished seventh in the race.

| , RacinToday.com Wednesday, March 26 2014
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